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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa


  • Aryeetey, Ernest
    (Professor of Economics and Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Ghana)

  • Devarajan, Shantayanan
    (Chief Economist, Africa Region, the World Bank, USA)

  • Kanbur, Ravi
    (T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell University, USA)

  • Kasekende, Louis
    (Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda, Uganda)


Africa is a diverse continent. But is there a pattern to the diversity? Are there commonalities across the countries? And what does economics tell us about the diversity and the commonalities? The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa is a definitive and comprehensive account of the key issues and topics affecting Africa's ability to grow and develop. It includes 53 thematic and 48 country perspectives by a veritable who's who of more than 100 leading economic analysts of Africa. The contributors include: bright new African researchers based in Africa; renowned academics from the top Universities in Africa, Europe and North America; present and past Chief Economists of the African Development Bank; present and past Chief Economists for Africa of the World Bank; present and past Chief Economists of the World Bank; African Central Bank governors and finance ministers; and four Nobel Laureates in Economics. Contributors to this volume - Christopher Adam, University of Oxford Ali Issa Abdi, Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI), Addis Ababa Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan Jehovaness Aikaeli, Bank of Tanzania S. Ibi Ajayi, University of Ibadan Channing Arndt, University of Copenhagen Ernest Aryeetey, University of Ghana John Asafu-Adjaye, University of Queensland Elizabeth Asiedu, University of Kansas Jean-Paul Azam, Toulouse School of Economics and Institut Universitaire de France Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, University of North Florida Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University Barbara Barungi, African Development Bank Robert H. Bates, Harvard University David Bevan, University of Oxford Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town Arne Bigsten, University of Gothenburg Christopher Blattman, Yale University Jean Christophe Boungou Bazika, CERAPE Serign Cham, Ministry of Finance, The Gambia Ashwini Chhatre, University of Illinois Paul Collier, University of Oxford Massa Coulibaly, GREAT (Groupe de recherche en economie appliquee et theorique Universite de Bamako) Victor Davies, African Development Bank Alain de Janvry, University of California at Berkeley Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford Shantayanan Devarajan, The World Bank Yazid Dissou, University of Ottawa Nadjiounoum Djimtoingar, Commission de la CEMAC Ibrahim A. Elbadawi, The Dubai Economic Council, Dubai (DEC), UAE and Center for Global Development (CGD) Adam B. Elhiraika, UN Economic Commission for Africa Augustin Kwasi Fosu, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Seraphin Magloire Fouda, University of Yaounde II - Cameroon Ahmed Galal, Economic Research Forum (ERF, Cairo) Bernard Gauthier, The World Bank and HEC Montreal Alan Gelb, Center for Global Development (CGD) Rachel Glennerster, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrick Guillaumont, University of Clermont-Ferrand Kamilla Gumede, University of Cape Town Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong, University of South Florida Heba Handoussa, Egypt Human Development Report James Heintz, University of Massachusetts Ali Hemal, Universite de Batna Johannes Herderschee, The World Bank Amadou Ibrahim, The World Bank Jennifer Isern, International Finance Corporation Abdul B. Kamara, African Development Bank Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University Louis Kasekende, Bank of Uganda Abbi Kedir, University of Leicester Homi Kharas, The Brookings Institution Asmerom Kidane, University of Dar es Salaam Mwangi S. Kimenyi, The Brookings Institution Jane Kiringai, The World Bank Jacob Kolster, African Development Bank Steven Kyle, Cornell University Erin C. Lentz, Cornell University Benjamin Leo, Center for Global Development (CGD) Justin Yifu Lin, The World Bank William Lyarkuwa, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Andrew McKay, University of Sussex Damian Ondo Mane, Economics Advisor to the President, Equatorial Guinea Ita Mannathoko, Adviser to the Executive Director, Africa Group I, IMF Adelaide R. Matlanyane, Central Bank Lesotho Ahmadou Aly Mbaye, Faculte des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion Universite Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar (Senegal) Kupukile Mlambo, African Development Bank Victor Murinde, University of Birmingham Situmbeko Musokotwane, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia Germano Mwabu, University of Nairobi Mustapha K. Nabli, The World Bank Vinayak Nagaraj, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia Gobind Nankani, International Growth Center, LSE and Oxford University Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank Leonce Ndikumana, African Development Bank Benno Ndulu, Central Bank of Tanzania Njuguna Ndung'u, Central Bank of Kenya Tchetche N'guessan, African Development Bank Phindile Ngwenya, The World Bank Machiko Nissanke, SOAS, University of London Dominique Njinkeu, The World Bank Janvier D. Nkurunziza, UNCTAD Akbar Noman, Columbia University Khwima Nthara, The World Bank Kako Nubukpo, West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and University of Lome Yaw Nyarko, New York University Stephen A. O'Connell, Swarthmore College Abena D. Oduro, University of Ghana Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, The World Bank Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University John Page, The Brookings Institution Lauren Persha, University of Michigan Peter Quartey, ISSER, University of Ghana Vijaya Ramachandran, Center for Global Development Jean Razafindravonona, University of Antananarivo - Ministry of Finance and Budget James A. Robinson, Harvard University Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa, National Bank of Rwanda Elisabeth Sadoulet, University of California at Berkeley David E. Sahn, Cornell University Ana Santana, University of Stellenbosch Thomas Schelling, University of Maryland Khalid Sekkat, Economic Research Forum (ERF, Cairo) and Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Brussels) Lemma W. Senbet, University of Maryland Robin Sherbourne, Nedbank Amadou Sidibe, Rural Development Institute, Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso Michael Spence, New York University William Steel, University of Ghana Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University Francis Teal, CSAE, University of Oxford Erik Thorbecke, Cornell University Yamssekre Tiendrebeogo, Directeur General de l' Economie et de la Planification Christopher Udry, Yale University Imraan Valodia, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durbin Anthony J. Venables, University of Oxford Desiree Venkatachellum, African Development Bank Waly Wane, The World Bank Leonard Wantchekon, New York University Kerfalla Yansane, Former Governor, Central Bank of Guinea Zeine Ould Zeidane, Former Prime Minister and Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania

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  • Aryeetey, Ernest & Devarajan, Shantayanan & Kanbur, Ravi & Kasekende, Louis (ed.), 2012. "The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199575978.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199575978

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